Dr. Patricia Sullivan to present Portier Lecture Nov. 5

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 2:00pm
Dr. Patricia Sullivan

MOBILE, Ala. – The Spring Hill College History Department invites the public to the 33rd annual Portier Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Byrne Memorial Hall. Patricia Sullivan, professor of history at the University of South Carolina and co-director of an ongoing series of summer institutes at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute, will deliver the talk, “What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?: Making Sense of the 1960s Today.”

Sullivan received her B.A. at Molloy College, her M.A. at Boston College, and her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, Harvard University, Boston University, and the University of Virginia. Sullivan is the author of numerous articles on African American history and civil rights, as well as three highly acclaimed books: "Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement" (2009), "Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years" (2003) and "Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era" (1996). She is currently writing a book on Robert F. Kennedy, Civil Rights, and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the 1960s. Sullivan’s books will be available for purchase at a book signing immediately following the lecture.

The Portier Lecture, an institution at Spring Hill College for more than three decades, is named for Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile and the founder of Spring Hill College.  The lecture series is an annual event hosted each fall by the Department of History which brings nationally-acclaimed speakers to the campus, and is always free and open to the general public.  Past Portier lecturers include such distinguished historians as Stephen Ambrose, Mary Beth Norton, William Chafe, and Wayne Flynt.